NASBLA News (May 2016)


Propeller safety advocate dies

marion-emilio-uscgIt is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of staunch boating safety advocate, Marion Irving De Cruz. Marion passed away on the afternoon of May 18, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Known to many as “Emilio’s Mom,” Marion was a longtime promoter for boat propeller safety. She founded SPIN (Stop Propeller Injuries Now) following the death of her son Emilio in a 1993 houseboat propeller accident. Marion enlisted and encouraged thousands of people in her efforts calling for boat propeller safety.

Marion Irving deCruz was recently recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard for her decades of dedication to boat propeller safety.

Gary Polson, webmaster of Propeller Guard Information Center, wrote a touching tribute to Marion


Sign up to participate in Operation Dry Water 2016

ODW Enforcement

Annually, Operation Dry Water facilitates a three-day weekend of heightened awareness and enforcement of BUI laws. This year the ODW heightened awareness and enforcement weekend is June 24-26.

This campaign takes places nationally and is made possible through the efforts of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Register your agency to participate today!

Campaign resources are available at These resources are free to download and use for your Operation Dry Water campaign. Additional resources are available to boaters, media, news outlets and boating safety educators under the “Boaters” and “Resources” sections of the website.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Spring Aboard 2016

SpringAboard.FINAL2016_highresA big “THANK YOU” to all of the boating safety education agencies and organizations, course providers, community partners and other boating safety partners who participated in and supported Spring Aboard campaign in 2016.

We sincerely appreciate the efforts of all who helped to promote boating education and the Spring Aboard campaign its overall goal to reduce boating injuries and fatalities by encouraging the boating public to take a boating safety course. Your dedication and hard work is what makes the difference and helps keeps everyone safe on the water!

We are reviewing the results of the campaign and will report on the success of this year’s efforts soon.


Register today for NASBLA Annual Conference

The 57th NASBLA Annual Conference will be held September 11-14 in Seattle, Washington. The NASBLA Annual Conference is a combination learning conference, annual business meeting, committee meeting, workshop, learning lab and colleague roundtable event for state recreational boating safety professionals and others in the RBS community.

Every year, the annual conference provides focused learning sessions, thought-provoking speakers, an expansive expo hall and plenty of networking opportunities.

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